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'''Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell''', (''née'' '''Stevenson''', 29 September 1810 – 12 November 1865), often referred to as '''Mrs Gaskell''', was an English novelist and short story writer. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of Victorian era|Victorian society, including the very poor, and are of interest to social history|social historians as well as lovers of literature. Her first novel, ''Mary Barton'', was published in 1848. Gaskell's ''The Life of Charlotte Brontë'', published in 1857, was the first biography about Brontë. Some of Gaskell's best known novels are ''Cranford (novel)|Cranford'' (1851–53), ''North and South (Gaskell novel)|North and South'' (1854-55), and ''Wives and Daughters'' (1865).
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Pseudonym| birth_name = Elizabeth Stevenson
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Birth placeChelsea, London, England
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Death placeHolybourne, Hampshire, England
OccupationNovelist
NationalityEnglish
Period1848–65
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set in victorian england, north and south is the story of margaret hale, a young woman whose life is turned upside down when her family relocates to northern england. as an outsider from the agricultural south, margaret is initially shocked by the aggressive northerners of the dirty, smoky industrial town of milton. but as she adapts to her new home, she defies social conventions with her ready sympathy and defense of the working poor. her passionate advocacy leads her to repeatedly clash with charismatic mill owner john thornton over his treatment of his workers. while margaret denies her growing attraction to him, thornton agonizes over his foolish passion for her, in spite of their heated disagreements. as tensions mount between them, a violent unionization strike explodes in milton, leaving everyone to deal with the aftermath in the town and in their personal lives. elizabeth gaskell serialized north and south between september 1854 and january 1855 in charles dickens’s magazine household words. upon its publication, gaskell established herself as a novelist capable of serious discourse on social responsibility and advocacy for change in defiance of established authority. (summary by dani)
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